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This page is part of an archive of historical details from existing or defunct brass band websites. This is being maintained to provide a record of this information in the event of a band folding, its website disappearing or other loss of the historical record. Where possible, and appropriate, the information cached will be updated from time to time - and any corrections or updates are welcome.

Sidmouth Town Band

There has been a band in Sidmouth for nearly 150 years, with the earliest record being a picture of the band taken in 1862.

By the turn of the century, the Band had become part of the local Army Volunteers, and had mixed brass and woodwind instruments. By 1908, the band was changing back to all brass instruments and in 1911 the transformation was complete.

The band was forced to put their kit away in 1914, but reformed in 1919, winning prizes in 1929, 1930 and 1931 at Crystal Palace. History repeated itself in 1939, when the instruments were laid aside once again and many of the band went off to war. In 1947, the band was reformed, becoming affiliated to the SWBBA.

Since then, the band has enjoyed a happy and successful time. Hard work from both the band and the Musical Director has produced some good results over the last few years, and we are currently in the Third section following promotion in January 2008